The Earth Masters
You may be the one to save a city from an undetected volcano. Or to warn a coastal nation of an imminent tsunami. Or to detect a potential landslide that would cover a valley village. Or discover a new mineral or petroleum field worth trillions. Or a fossil field packed with T-Rexes. Or a flaw...
Salvaging the Human Body
When you arrive, the person waiting tenses, looking up at you in a mix of hope, fear, joy and dread. Your focus, your goal, is to give their life back. You are all of these— their healer, torturer, friend, enemy, rescuer— and most of all, you are their hope. Because the human body is the...
The Salvaging of Sanity
You drive into the high school parking lot, your wipers slashing at the heavy rain. It’s the first day of spring and students run from their cars and the school buses, into the dry halls of the high school. You’re heading for the faculty lot when you see them. At the far end of the student...
Watchers of the Skies and Seas – Climatologists
The world’s oceans are warming. The sun boils more water from the oceans, up into the sky. Up high, the water vapor chills, is blown over the land, then it melts, and falls as rain. The land floods. The rain keeps coming. And yet in other regions there is terrible drought. The carbon footprint...
Speech Therapy
Life is hard enough. But how hard would a life be, for someone without the ability to speak? That’s why you do what you do. You bring people to language. And you bring language to people. You work collaboratively at a very satisfying level— with healers like neurologists and nurses. ...
Addiction Counselor
Addiction. We all know what it does. Addiction… it ravages destroy the body, leaving the mind naked, to scream, stranded in the dying wreckage of what was once a life. The addict is a nerve end dangling in space, alone. Brain scans of thirty-year-olds on meth, for instance, are very similar to...
The Language of Life or Death!
“If the soldiers force their way inside my home, I must try to kill them.” The man on his knees says this desperately. He is literally begging, explaining the price of honor. He speaks a language you understand. But only you. The rest of the squad hears only his stress. He talks so...
18TH-CENTURY “MEDICAL GEOGRAPHERS” BECOME 21ST-CENTURY “DISEASE MAPPERS”
Could a modern city die of plague? Could a virus ravage an entire ecosystem of human beings? The prospect is horrifying. A great modern city is a hive, an enormous petri dish, teeming with life of all kinds— and every life-form is competing for dominance, fighting to feed upon every other life...